Mikheil Saakashvili, on refusing to choose terrorism as a device to ward off Russia:
We had a choice here: We could turn this country into Chechnya — we had enough people and equipment to do that — or we had to do nothing and stay a modern European country. . . Eventually we would have chased them away, but we would have had to go to the mountains and grow beards. That would have been a tremendous national philosophical and emotional burden.